April 13th, 2020
It was announced today that the House is not expected to meet prior to May 4th, an additional two weeks from the April 20th date that had previously been floated.
Meanwhile, a one-minute-long pro forma session of the Senate ended with neither party attempting to bring up their competing legislation to address funding the small business loans that may dry up before the end of the week.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin continues to insist that large airlines who receive financial assistance repay 30% of such assistance within five years. These airlines, as well as flight attendant groups, strongly oppose the idea. The Department is still discussing the final terms of what it will require of the airlines who accept the loans.
Today Governor Cuomo announced, alongside Governors Murphy, Lamont, Wolf, Carney, and Raimondo, the creation of a multi-state council to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states' stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.
The Governor also announced an executive order over the weekend: EO 202.16. Among other things, the order expands the eligibility of individuals to conduct antibody tests and mandates all essential businesses must provide employees face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins signaled today that the Senate is still considering passing some form of rent relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During an interview with Brian Lehrer, Stewart-Cousins stated “There is a very good chance that we will pass a bill that will help renters.”
Governor Murphy participated in a six-state conference call to form a Regional Advisory Board/Council. This coalition will be headed by New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and will work in conjunction with the Skunkworks team.
Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 126 regarding internet and phone service. The order:
- Prohibits internet and phone service being shut-off until 30 days after the public health emergency has ended.
- Prohibits all service downgrades, service reductions, or late fees due to nonpayment unless they are imposed in accordance with a policy approved by the board of public utilities.
- Requires reconnection of any Internet or phone service that was disconnected due to nonpayment after March 16.
For an archived list of Governor Murphy’s Covid-19 related Executive Orders, click here.
Department of Health
As part of their statewide coordination, the DOH has created allocation/triage guidelines including no exclusion criteria for life-saving intervention in the absence of ventilators.
The full list of guidelines was not immediately available through the Department of Health's website.